Posts With The Category: "Mosquitoes"
I love everything that is summer…..even the hazy, hot, humid days when there is nothing to do but lay on your back in the grass and watch the clouds go by. I love the long days and the warm nights, the beautiful birds flitting overhead calling to each other as they pass by, and even the occasional shower or storm that leaves the air so crisp and clean once it has finished washing the world. It is absolutely my favorite time of the year; however, as close to paradise as summer is for me there is still a small blotch in its perfection. Bugs! That’s right, bugs seem to invade and penetrate every aspect of summer fun at some point or other. It seems like there are specific bugs that are prevalent no matter what time of day or what type of weather is present; but even with their invasions I have found several ways to keep these pests from ruining a perfectly good day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first locally acquired case of Chikungunya in the continental United States was reported in Florida last July. They keyword there is locally acquired - as in a mosquito here in the U.S. spread the disease. Previously, Chikungunya cases were only reported in individuals that had traveled to countries where the virus was common. So what is the status of Chikungunya today and has it spread to Hawaii? Let’s take a closer look.
Mosquitoes have been a problem all over Hawaii since these stinging insects were introduced from bilge water carried in on whaling ships in the early 19th century. They can be found on all the islands, but the wetter the island, the more mosquitoes there are. Let's take a look at these nasty little buggers, and see if there is something we can do about them driving us crazy.